By Vamien McKalin | May 05, 2012 11:58 AM EDT
The new iPad from Apple is the top dog in the tablet arena, but even a top dog need some form of protection, along with a Bluetooth keyboard to boot. Logitech took it up on itself to create an all new Smart Cover for the new iPad, the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio. This beauty is solar powered and also has a Bluetooth keyboard on there for those who despise tapping away at a glass screen.
The keyboard case is pretty slick, it's thin, and lightweight, which makes it comfortable and doesn't make for an accessory that will bug the user when used for an extended amount of time. We like how Logitech designed the keyboard folio to fit with the new iPad as if both devices are one. When it is fitted on, it is difficult to tell if the keyboard cover is an accessory or not, and that is the kind of look accessories should bring to devices.
If you are out looking for a case to fully protect your new iPad, the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio is not for you. The keyboard folio cover barely manages to protect the screen, but we can't be too hard on it since the Bluetooth keyboard is the piece that hampers the accessory from becoming a full protector. That said, this should be something every new iPad owner might want to look into, we're sure it is not an easy task typing long sentences on 9.7-inch display.
The Bluetooth keyboard is a great addition, and what makes it even better is that a charger is not needed here. The keyboard is powered by solar energy, the solar tech inside is able to draw energy from indoor and outdoor sunlight and is expected to last up to two years on a full charge.
Logitech did a great job with how the keyboard can be attached to the new iPad. Users can set it to act as a normal keyboard which turns the new iPad into a laptop, or another method where the keyboard acts a media controller with full playback functions.
The big question is this, should you pick up the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio? Well, depends all on what you want. If you want complete protection then this accessory will not provide that, however, if you want a full hardware keyboard along with minimal protection, then hopefully its $130 price tag is not a deal breaker.
(reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Dave Clark)